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Why is fiber internet better than cable?

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Cable was designed for voice and TV, not internet. With fiber internet, data is delivered through light-speed signals over fiber-optic lines. Fiber-optic lines use thin strands of glass or plastic to transmit data using light, which allows for significantly faster, more reliable and more secure data transmission compared to traditional copper-based cables used in cable internet. This means that fiber internet can deliver download and upload speeds that are much faster and more consistent than cable internet.

With cable internet, upload speeds are significantly slower than download speeds – holding back live-streaming TV, video calling, gaming, uploading photos and more. With fiber internet, upload and download speeds are equal and faster. Cable internet also uses a shared bandwidth, often leading to peak-hour slowdowns. With Lumos Fiber Internet, you get a dedicated line running right to your door.

And that’s not all! Fiber internet offers environmental benefits, too. Unlike DSL or coaxial cables that rely on copper, fiber-optic lines require fewer non-renewable natural resources to manufacture. In fact, they’re made from two incredibly abundant elements: silicon and oxygen. How cool is that?

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1. Free first month of service eligible on 1 Gig and 2 Gig fiber internet orders only. Regular rates apply after the first month.

2. 100% Fiber Optic network not available in all areas. Internet speeds are up to the maximum advertised upload and download speed available based on a wired connection. Speeds may vary by location and are not guaranteed.

3. Free installation eligible on all tiers from 200 Mbps – 5 Gig.

4. Promotional Fiber Internet rates are for the first 12 months of service only. Taxes, fees, and surcharges are extra and subject to change at any time. Promotional rates require purchase of listed services as described. After the first 12 months, then-current standard rates apply after the 12th month. Limited-time offer; subject to change or end without notice. Offer not valid with any other offer or promotion. Offer is only available to new residential accounts in Lumos markets where fiber is available. Downgrades from existing plans with Lumos will not qualify for the first-month discount. Services are subject to all applicable service terms and conditions found at, subject to change at any time. Equipment and additional services are extra. Service not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. All rights reserved.

5. Promotional Visa Prepaid Card: Eligible orders of 500 Mbps may receive a $100 Visa Reward Card. Eligible orders of 1 Gig or 2 Gig may receive $200 Visa Reward Card. Offer expires 10/31/2023. Card is issued by Pathward, N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. No cash access or recurring payments. Can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Card valid for up to 6 months after redemption; unused funds will forfeit after the valid thru date. Card terms and conditions apply. Customer must be current on their bill and in good standing. Card will be virtual and delivered via email and customers will be eligible to redeem 90 days after installation.